A new research says that
instead of shedding kilos, people who don’t eat breakfast may
end up loading their lunch and dinner plates and thus gobbling
“There is no denying that breakfast is the most important meal
of the day,” said Dr Jagmeet Madan, who heads the department
of nutrition in SNDT Women’s University. But across the world,
skipping breakfast is more common a habit than eating one.
The pitfalls of not having breakfast are now clear: the brain
may order the body to make up for the loss in a rather unhealthy
manner. As the recent research done at London’s Imperial
College showed, volunteers who missed breakfast craved for fatty
and sugary food. After looking at the MRI brain scans of 21
volunteers as they looked at various food items, the study
established that people’s choice of lunch is decided by their
breakfast. Scientists said missing breakfast leads to production
of hormones that trigger the brain’s orbital frontal cortex,
which controls taste buds, to seek sugary and fatty foods.
Worse, the study showed that those who missed breakfast eat
almost 250 calories more at lunch than those who eat a healthy
breakfast. “Skipping breakfast has a bearing on the body’s
fat percentage and hormonal profile,” said Dr Madan.
In fact, Indian studies have established that skipping
breakfast tells on the waistline. A study done in New Delhi by
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) compared students from
government schools (who consumed breakfast daily) with private
school students (who didn’t) and showed that overall
prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents who
consumed breakfast daily was lower than those who only sometimes
or never consumed breakfast.
“Children who missed breakfast had a high body fat percentage
than those who had regular breakfast. “If you eat a breakfast,
you begin your day with higher energy levels. Studies have shown
that people who missed breakfast can never really make up the
nutritional deficiency through additional intake at other times
of the day,” Dr Madan said.